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Today's Opinions

  • Put downtown Galax ideas into action

    The Galax City Council recently viewed the results of a survey of the downtown area conducted by RKG Associates. Over the course of several months, they carefully studied the area to pinpoint its strengths and weaknesses, and determined what could be done to spike the interests of both tourists and residents.
    Studies revealed that the area has a great foundation, with a rich history of art and music that draws in tourists from all over the world.

  • Friendly business commended

    How nice!
    In today’s atmosphere of rush, rush, rush and “me-ism,” I have to say how nice it is to belong to a bank where I’m not just a number on a computer!
    The employees are helpful, kind and really care. When I have a question, they are knowledgeable and I understand the answer.
    I also have an up-to-the-minute, online statement that is easy to understand and is accurate.
    While grocery shopping, they wave and smile, and it makes me feel comfortable knowing they are there. Unusual!
    Diane Dutlinger

  • Galax thrift shop has improved

    This is in response to the letter written about Willing Partners.
    I had shopped there in the past and in the present. It has been freshly painted, clean and well organized.
    Willing Partners still has lamps, pictures, DVDs, CDs, records, clothes and furniture.
    The employees are friendly, cheerful, polite and always willing to assist you.
    It is easier to walk around there and look for various items.
    Willing Partners depends on donations.
    B.J. Powell
    Galax

  • Volunteers rose to challenge in I-77 crisis

    It was a somber Easter weekend this year due to the series of crashes on Interstate 77 on March 31.
    Due to a combination of foggy conditions and precautions that were sadly not taken by drivers, dozens were injured and three are dead as a result of the massive pileup.
    When word of this crisis spread, our local police officers, EMTs, firefighters and ordinary citizens reported to the scene or gathered where they could to provide help the injured and the stranded. On The Gazette's Facebook page, readers time and again sought information on ways they could help.

  • Case against chief should be dismissed

    Regarding “Chief headed to court for threat charge,” published April 3 by The Gazette, the real loser in any court case will be public confidence in our law enforcement officials.
    Absent a good reason, it is standard police practice to notify local law enforcement when making an arrest in their jurisdiction.
    This is common courtesy, and it avoids cases of mistaken identity, particularly where cops are out of uniform.

  • Thrift shop changes unwelcome

    I went to Willing Partners in Galax and was appalled at the so-called improvements.
    Gone was the wall of pictures, gone were all the wooden shelves, lamps and other home decor. Gone are all the craft items, pillows, blankets and sheets.
    One of the most enjoyable aspects of going to a thrift store is hunting through tons of stuff to find that one little hidden gem.
    Just because it’s someone else’s unwanted item doesn’t mean it belongs in the trash. There’s nothing much left at all.

  • Strength in numbers

    They say that it takes a village to raise a child, so perhaps it takes an entire region to care for the smaller communities within it.
    The announcement last week of Twin County United Way’s merger with United Way Virginia Highlands came with a lot of positivity — along with many questions about what happens next.
    What changes are going to be made?
    Where will the funding go?

  • NRA needs to search its soul

    America leads the world in mass murders and prolific gun violence.
    This is a national nightmare and an international disgrace. How did this happen?
    Let us follow the money. Our gun manufacturers and retailers were interested in the volume of sales.
    They “hired” Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association as a shield to deflect criticism of their irresponsibility in producing a deadly product without proper regulation.